Looking back over 20,000 points of BG football
Bowling Green’s football program surpassed the 20,000-point plateau Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
Here’s a look back at the games when BG football hit other milestone point totals:
100 points (October 15, 1921) – When discussing any scoring statistic for BG football, the 151-0 win over Findlay behind the old Ridge Street School seems to work its way into the conversation.
This time is no different.
Having scored just 48 points in their first 10 games in school history, BG exploded to score 151. That gives this record-setting game the distinction of being the game where BG scored their 50th and 100th point in school history. And if Alva Bachman had connected on just one of the three PATs he missed in the game (he was 19-of-22), BG would’ve had scored their 200th point, as well. (Ironically, they wouldn’t get the 200th in their next game, either, as BG was shut out by Ashland, 27-0. The next milestone would have to wait until October 29 in a 20-7 win over Toledo.)
It is not clear which player scored the 100th point for BG, though Orville Raberding (8 TDs) and Gus Skibbie (6 TDs) are pretty good bets.
Before the Findlay game, BG was averaging 4.8 points per game. After, that average shot up to 18.1 points per game. Interestingly, it would take the next 13 games for BG to score a total of 151 points.
500 points (October 9, 1926) – BG 25, Cedarville 0
1,000 points (October 6, 1934) – BG 20, Otterbein 7
5,000 points (November 5, 1960) – Quarterback Jim Potts scored on a 1-yard run in a BG win over Southern Illinois for the 5,000th point in school history. The game was the first played after several members of the Cal Poly football team died in a plane crash in Toledo after playing the Falcons. All proceeds of the game against Southern Illinois, witnessed by 6,200 fans, went to a memorial fund for the victims of that crash.
The victory was also the last in an 18-game win streak by the Falcons, which included the 1959 national championship season.
10,000 points (November 5, 1983) – Sophomore running back Darryl Story ran for 225 yards in a win over Ball State, a record that still stands in BG history, but another Falcon rusher would find the end zone for the program’s 10,000th point. Lamont Wagner’s 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, his second score of the game, put BG over the 10,000 point mark. Wagner carried the ball just six times for 18 yards, while Story used 37 carries to break Paul Miles’ single-game rushing mark.
Defensively, the Falcons forced eight turnovers in the game, including three interceptions by Martin Bayless, which matched the school record.
15,000 points (November 9, 2002) – Northern Illinois handed the Falcons their first loss of the 2002 season and snapped an 11-game BG win streak overall in this game in DeKalb, Illinois. But some trickery that had become the hallmark of Urban Meyer’s two seasons with the Brown and Orange put BG over the 15,000 point plateau.
Wide receiver Cole Magner took the snap, handing off to quarterback Josh Harris on a reverse. Harris then passed to running back Joe Alls, who had lined up as a receiver next to Harris, for the 10-yard touchdown.
20,000 points (November 11, 2015) – Matt Johnson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Roger Lewis just 1:47 into BG’s 41-27 win over Western Michigan. The victory clinched a third straight MAC East Division championship for the Falcons.